"NECTON, commonly called Neeton, is a parish and scattered village, on the Dereham road, 4 miles E. of Swaffham, containing 996 inhabitants, and about 3316 acres of land, mostly belonging to Wm. Mason, Esq., of Necton Hall, the lord of the manors called Sparham Hall, Cocket's, alias Corbet's, and Churchman's, formerly held by the De Toneys, Nevilles, Bedingfelds, Eyres, Colliers, &c. The CHURCH (All Saints) is a beautiful edifice, with a square tower and six bells. The roof of the nave is of oak, curiously wrought, and embellished with paintings, and supported by angels with expanded wings, below which stand the twelve apostles carved in oak, painted and gilt. On the north side of the nave are other figures of apostles, &c., with the effigy of our Saviour in the centre. On the floor are several black marble slabs, with brasses and inscriptions to the Goodwyn, Wynston, Mason, and other families. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £8.6s.8d., is in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. John Preston Reynolds, M.A." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Paddy Apling]


Necton is also known as Neeton and Neighton.



Mid-Norfolk Family History Society
All Saints' Church, Necton: Memorial Inscriptions, with plan of church and churchyard, and index.
[Dereham, 1990s]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Cranwich, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
  • The parish church is dedicated to All Saints.

Church History

Church of All Saints
Description and pictures.
Church of All Saints
Description, services, history, pictures, etc.
Ray, D.J.
All Saints' Church, Necton.
[Necton, The Church, 1970s]

Church Records

Parish Registers
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Rectors and Vicars
16th-19th centuries.
Payments for Marriages and Funerals
Table of Fees.
Birch, Charles George Roberts
On certain brasses at Necton and Great Cressingham.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.12, 1895]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Necton was in Swaffham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Necton Archives
Church, list of rectors, pictures, school, etc.
Bull, Marion
Sketches of Necton.
[Shipdham Press, 2005]
Nichols, Mary
Mother of Necton, a century of Norfolk life.
(Village life in 19th and 20th centuries; Eliza Ong, village nurse and midwife)
[ISBN 1859832172, Breedon, 2000]
Necton Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.

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Historical Geography

Necton is in South Greenhoe hundred.

You can see the administrative areas in which Necton has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Carthew, George Alfred
A history, topographical, archaeological, genealogical, and biographical, of the parishes of West and East Bradenham, with those of Necton and Holme Hale, in the county of Norfolk, from the Public Records, Court Rolls, Wills, Parish Registers, and private sources.
[Norwich, Agas H. Goose, 1883]

Land & Property

Necton Hall
Pictures of the hall.
Great Britain: Statute
Necton Inclosure Act, 1815.
An act for inclosing lands in the parish of Necton, otherwise Neighton, in the county of Norfolk.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Swaffham Registration District, 1836
Modern and Historical Maps
Maps of the parish and nearby places.

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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF879096 (Lat/Lon: 52.651812, 0.776765), Necton which are provided by:


Military Records

Roll of Honour
World Wars 1 and 2.

Poor Houses, Poor Law



These figures are from the population tables which were produced after the 10-yearly national censuses. The "Families" heading includes families and single occupiers.

Year  Inhabited
1801  90143  663
1811108160  719
1821183192  867
1831193216  996
1841197  --  991
1851208  --1020
Year  Inhabited
1861216  --948
1911  --160660

There may be more people living in detached parts of the parish (if there were any) and, if so, the number may or may not be included in the figures above. It is quite difficult to be sure from the population tables.

1901 Census
"Including Ivy Todd."